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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #74 How To Sell A House 9: Bedrooms Children & Nursery

  

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Suit Yourself™ International Magazine #74

 

 

HOW TO SELL A HOUSE 9: BEDROOMS, CHILDREN & NURSERY

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 I hope this is enjoyable and useful to you!

Debra Spencer

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INTRODUCTION 

This issue continues the series of articles to help you sell your house for the best price in the least amount of time. Yes, I know, there are a lot of "sell your house" books and articles out there, but none quite like this. Really.

Many people feel overwhelmed when they first decide to sell a home.  In these issues, I introduce the basic selling concepts organized into a reasonable system, so you can ready each part of your home without feeling overwhelmed by the task. 

Recall the the key points from the introduction to this series:
Minimize Clutter 
Clean
Repair
Neutralize
Dramatize
and then, Open House!

Remember: think like a buyer and have a critical eye.

Thanks for reading and I hope this series is helpful to you!

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Some parts of your home will be more challenging  than others.


Which parts are challenging will depend on the type of dwelling you have, and how you've used it.


Homes with unusual configurations, or in challenging locations, or selling out of season, need extra attention to detail to compete.

This is why I provide each part of your home with a specialized checklist for it, and each checklist applies these same five important points to package each part of your house for sale. Even if you can't get to every detail, the checklists will help you to keep the basics in mind and to stay organized. When you're ready to begin work, print out and use each of the checklists, adding your own "To Do" lists to each one.  

If you can remember only one "take-away" rule from this entire series, it's REDUCE CLUTTER. One person's "Pride And Joy" is just clutter to someone else. There is no accounting for taste. Clutter blocks people from visualizing themselves living in your home. Think "hotel room" and "theatre", and pack and store away all non- essentials and anything personal.


Your buyers are considering buying your home from the front row of an intimate theatre, not from the rear of the cinema or behind a Rock n'Roll concert crowd.


Once your home is for sale, think of your home as a hotel where you're staying until the home sells; in your mind, you've already moved out. 

Remember, to compete successfully and sell, your house must stand out from the competition as memorable in some way other than price.


No matter how fine the neighborhood, that cannot offset a dilapidated ill-kept dwelling in poor repair. At the same time, your home has to encourage buyers to picture themselves living within it. Advertising and publicity can't do this for you; they just announce your house is for sale. 

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Modern bedrooms may or may not be used for sleeping. Modern children use bedrooms as places to do everything;

as play rooms, toy storage, 

laundry storage, study rooms, 

slumber party rooms, eating rooms,

and puppy training rooms, often all at once.  

Smaller homes with more than one child will often place twin beds in a single room,

or use bunk beds to help kids share a space.

There may be a treehouse outside or lawn area outside to provide some privacy and summer relief.

Early environments make indelible imprints on young impressionable hearts and minds.

Once the children grow up, the twin beds remain behind,

and the room often becomes a guest room,

den,

study,

or office.

If you want your children to visit you after they've grown up, don't give them reasons to outgrow you.

Let them manage

their own space.

Don't insist they grow up in rooms you dreamed of having, but never had.

Like their parent's rooms, modern young folk bedrooms grow ever more elaborate

in direct proportion to parental income.

These bedrooms morph into miniature performance theatres,

play slides interconnecting with other rooms, elaborate indoor tree houses,

mad scientist relay stations,

indoor teepee camping,

rocket beds,

castles in the clouds,

and sitting rooms with sliding doors opening onto swimming pools or tennis courts.

Children in such homes are continually encouraged to exercise and create.

When designing a child's room and the child is of mobile age,

ask your child's preferences and take them into account.

Get their active participation.

A child's existence

is not solely for parental aggrandizement.

Children's needs

are different

from adults.

Children need a safe place

to express themselves

without criticism,

and a place to study without interruptions

that is not the middle of the night under the bedclothes.

They should be allowed to express themselves

in their own room.

A child's job description includes noticing everything in their environment.

There should be good lighting in the room.

What you do and how you do it leaves an indelible impression on your child,

far stronger than any words you say.

Don't make childrenlive in adult rooms

that must remain clean to be acceptable,

or in the rooms you always wanted. 


 


                        Bedrooms ~ Children & Nursery


Minimize Clutter:
Children's play areas: straighten and store extra toys.
Closets: straighten, box, and store.
Furniture: remove any extra items and rearrange to enhance and open up the space.

Clean:
Carpet: clean and deodorize in the nursery.
Drapes and curtains: take them down and wash them or dry clean them, before putting them back up.
Lighting fixtures: wash and clean the bulbs. Be sure all the bulbs are working.

Repair:
Wall and ceiling cracks: repair as needed.

Neutralize:
Walls: use a neutral paint and wallpaper. Consider using new wall decals in the children's room, and using fresh new neutral color throw rugs.
Bedspreads: use basic colors and patterns.
General decor: remove anything distracting or highly personal, such as posters, etc. 

Dramatize:
Rearrange pictures to highlight special areas.
Arrange children's room toys to look fun and inviting (think "toy store display').
Open a book and leave it open on a nightstand.
Add a fresh, flowering plant.
Add curtains or valances to rooms without them.
Arrange decorative pillows or shams on the bed.
Arrange games in the play areas.
Display an organized project in the work and sitting areas.

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Thanks for reading and I hope this series is enjoyable and helpful to you!

Best Wishes,

Debra Spencer

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